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Master's in Biological Sciences

The Master's in Biological Sciences program at the Université de Montréal is focused on research. It lets students expand their knowledge and analyze a specific field.

Genomics, molecular biology, phytoremediation, contaminant dynamics and bioinformatics are among our numerous themes. You're sure to find one that responds to your ambitions and meets your aspirations. 

  • Daytime classes
  • Full-time
  • 45 credits, including 36 for research


An ideal research environment

Students in the Master's in Biological Sciences program have access to top-quality research centres and laboratories and the latest equipment (in French). In fact, the Université de Montréal has Canada's 2nd-largest research budget in the biological sciences.

Support for graduate students is another of the Department's assets. Our faculty is among the best known in Canada, its members reputed for their expertise, dynamic attitude and warm welcome for students. A number of young professors have been recruited in recent years, breathing new energy into the Department's research.

Whatever theme they choose, students will learn rigorous research methods and scientific procedures that they will apply in their work. Relevant, in-depth research at the master's level can lead to the publication of a scientific paper in a specialized peer-reviewed journal.

The master's program at the UdeM enjoys an excellent reputation, and is well suited both to students looking to acquire expertise that will open the door to the labour market and those considering doctoral-level studies.

Guaranteed financial support

All master's-level students receive guaranteed financial support of at least $13,000 per year. In addition, there are the many scholarships offered by the Department and by the laboratories themselves, depending on the themes for which grants have already been awarded.


Who is the master's program for?

The Master's in Biological Sciences program at the UdeM takes a broad approach, open to multidisciplinary studies. Every year it attracts students from such related fields as geography and chemistry. Just like students with a traditional background in biological sciences, those with undergraduate degrees from other disciplines must obtain the support of a thesis supervisor before applying. They may be required to take some preparatory courses. 

Internships: a world of possibilities

The master's program offers the option of doing 1 or 2 internships (in French) (up to 4 credits). These are unique opportunities to spend time in a laboratory in Canada, in Europe or elsewhere around the globe, to gain experience that can be applied at the doctoral level, and to expand your research horizons. Many students draw on their thesis supervisors' connections with different laboratories around the world when choosing where to do their internships.

Most of these students obtain scholarships from their research laboratories or the Maison internationale (in French) at the UdeM to finance their international internships.

Communicating with your future supervisor

Aspiring graduate students must first contact the professor they would like to supervise their research. See the Research interests page to find suitable professors and scholars to supervise your thesis.

Teaching at the college level

Teaching at the college level is one of the possible careers for holders of the Master's in Biological Sciences. Master's students may wish to take one of the available teaching assistant positions as a way of gaining experience in some aspects of teaching biological sciences.

Note that according to Emploi Cégep (in French), additional teacher training helps open doors to college- level jobs. You may wish to consider the UdeM short graduate program in teaching at the post-secondary level.

Questions about this program?

Annie Aubin, Student File Management Technician: 514 343-6111, ext. 1205
Bernard Angers, Program Supervisor: 514 343-2286

Program structure (in French)
International (in French)
Theses submitted in biological sciences


The + of studying biological sciences at the Université de Montréal!

  • Laboratories and research groups bringing together the country's leading minds in biological sciences, in such fields as plant biology, aquatic ecology, sustainable development and hydroelectricity, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, soil decontamination, etc.
  • Weekly seminars given by internationally acclaimed guest scientists.